|Happy Thanksgiving to every Vixen...|
And Tom too!
November 21, 2012
|A closer look at two incredible antique Harley Davidson bikes!|
|Walls of vintage biker helmets, hats and caps...|
|Memorabilia from the Black Hawks & Harley Davidson biker gear.|
|Cool vintage biker pins|
|A very cool Speed King canvas skullcap.|
|Vintage leather motorcycle helmets complete with goggles - awesome!|
|Vintage Indian Motorcycles gear & promotional clock.|
|More from Harley Davidson... it's like an H-D archive!|
|Art and Frankie just relaxin'|
|What a fantastic collection!|
November 13, 2012
A wonderful collector recently shared a few photos of his outstanding (we'd say world-class!) collection of vintage motorcycle memorabilia. Here's a glimpse:
|Billy & Charley's vintage D.C. Ramblers uniforms|
|Yep, those are 1913 and 1914 Harley Davidson motorcycles back there!|
|1930s D.C. Ramblers Uniforms|
|Dusty Riders Motorcycle Club - Des Moines, Iowa|
|Motor Maids vintage biker uniforms|
|American Motorcycle Association Photo 1940|
November 09, 2012
|Coco Chanel circa 1929.|
It is inarguable that the practical, yet multi-faceted, elements of Coco Chanel’s influence of style cannot be untangled from her personality. Chanel was a pioneer not only in the design of women’s couture, but also in the development of business and fashion merchandise operations in the post-war era. It was uncommon for her to draw her designs, and she preferred instead to position her stylistic visions on the human body rather than on the sketching pad. Chanel’s design choices of simplicity and comfort were not lost on Parisian women, and in 1919, she opened the couture house which she had aimed to create before World War I.
The sensible aspects of Chanel’s designs, including pockets for utility and practicality, costume jewelry as a replacement of precious gems, and men’s sweaters, contributed to a certain air of realism and sophistication. The clothes she created were of an easy, fairly relaxed fit, with an elected understatement to correspond to the challenges of the times. The working class also provided a creative source for Chanel’s ideas. She used components of men’s sweaters and of mechanics’ overalls to achieve a mathematically simple idea of style. But this vision was not to be without a prevailing sense of femininity. This was seen in the tailored wool suits Chanel favored, in the oversize cardigan sweaters without excessive ornamentation, and in the reductionist components of an easily translatable and socially empowering aesthetic.
A study in contrasts, Chanel’s progress addressed pragmatism and sophistication, unapologetic realism and constructed textile imagery. Her work blurred the traditionally accepted definitions for the constructed apparel and accessories previously available to women. Chanel’s essence of style and artistic impact continue to inspire modern visionaries, and her ideas of straightforward, effortless, and uncluttered panache endure to challenge perspective and convention in design.
-Blog post contributed by Ivayla Ivanova
1929 Coco Chanel portrait from Chanel: A Woman Of Her Own by Axel Madsen